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College Corner: Sunday, September 23, 2012

Deputy Mohave County Manager Dana Hlavac,

Deputy Mohave County Manager Dana Hlavac,

KINGMAN - Deputy Mohave County Manager Dana Hlavac, Criminal Justice Services, spent most of July studying at Harvard thanks to an Arizona City/County Management Association scholarship.

Hlavac attended the Harvard Kennedy School of Government's Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program from July 9 until July 27.

"I was extremely honored to receive the scholarship through ACMA and the League of Arizona Cities and Towns," Hlavac said. "Harvard was awesome."

According to the scholarship website, "The Harvard Senior Executive program is a unique opportunity to challenge conventional thinking, thought processes, and the values that drive leadership decisions."

The scholarship covered the program's $11,800 tuition fee.

"As part of my job as deputy county manager, and even when I was public defender, I have attended professional classes to keep up with the latest trends, laws and standards," Hlavac said. "But this program was the most intense and informational series of classes that I have been involved with in at least the last 20 years."

Government questions do not always have clear answers, Hlavac said.

"There is a critical necessity that we have leaders who understand the proper role of government as the holder of the public trust as embodied in public funds. Individual leadership characteristics must be developed and nurtured in such a way that the public trust is always held sacrosanct. This can be difficult in the face of special interests or political extremism and requires a great deal of courageous leadership. When dealing with a governmental problem, a proper solution that serves the law, the agency as a whole and the public is not always a popular solution."

"I know that I am a better leader as a result of this program and truly appreciate the expertise the Harvard professors shared for our benefit," he said.